“Send Me” – Learning to Let Go

”Send Me”: I think?

Send Me!
Let Go and Go!

Are you one to wave your hand in the air and say send me when the opportunity comes to travel? I love to visit new places and learn new things. And if they are giving away trips I will be the first to sign up for them saying please, send me. I get so excited when I am going to visit a new place. I will read multiple literature and plan what things I want to do and see but as the time gets closer to leaving my excitement quickly fades. I find myself beginning to fret about what I am leaving behind. It’s so hard for me to just let go and move forward no matter how exciting the new experience may be.

Sometimes it is just difficult to let go and yell ”Send Me”. It isn’t really the sending part or the anxious anticipation of what will occur once you get there, as much as it is the ability to let go of the current experience, comforts, and routines. Years ago, in my younger days, I found myself rather envious of a group of twenty-somethings who I met one summer through a co-worker. This fascinating group of people led what I felt was a most exciting life. During the summer they guided rafting trips in the east earning the title of ”River Rats” and then in the winter some left and headed west to run ski patrol while others went south to warmer climates to work for other river outfitters. Their lifestyle was totally unlike my traditional mainstream one. They lived in tents on the side of the river that summer and virtually had little to no expenses except for food and gas.  Their possessions consisted of almost next to nothing but what they could put in their car and travel with and yet they seemed incredibly carefree and happy. The group thought nothing of letting go of the present situation and heading off on a new adventure with a ready “Send Me” attitude. I was and probably still am too fearful to live like that because that lifestyle requires a tremendous amount of trust in all realms but oh the possibilities of adventure.

What is life like to live constantly in the now? Although we are not required to live a bohemian or nomadic lifestyle, believers, should be living for the now especially if the alternatives are living in the past of what was or the future of what it can be.

Author, Patsy Clairmont, illustrates this in the recalling of a personal story. She found herself on an airplane one afternoon sitting next to a young man.  She writes, “I had already observed something about this young man when I was being seated. He called me “Ma’am.” At the time I thought, ‘Either he thinks I’m ancient, or he’s from the South where they still teach manners, or he’s in the service.’ I decided the latter was the most likely, so I asked, “You in the service?” “Yes, Ma’am, I am.” “What branch?” “Marines!” “Hey, Marine, where are you coming from?” “Operation Desert Storm, Ma’am.” “No kidding? Desert Storm! How long were you there?” I asked. “A year and a half, I’m on my way home. My family will be at the airport.” Patsy commented that he must have thought about returning to his family and home many times while he was in the Middle East. What the Marine said next though is how we should all live.

“Oh, no, Ma’am,” he replied. “We were taught never to think of what might never be, but to be fully available right where we are.” (Clairmont, 1993)

Letting go requires us to be fully available right where we are. The Lord asks us each every day to serve and work for Him and in order to do so we must let go with a ”Send Me” attitude. Our focus verse this week is from the book of Isaiah. Isaiah had a ”Send Me” attitude. But his attitude wasn’t always like that.

In order for Isaiah to gain the ”Send Me” attitude he first had to understand how morally perfect and holy God truly is. This occurred during a vision in which Isaiah realized that no matter how great of a life he attempted to live, he was a sinful man.  Once Isaiah recognized this God knew he needed to be cleansed. So an angel came to cleanse him and this removed his guilt and his sins were now forgiven.

This is a message for us also. We must recognize how great God is, how sinful we are, and the remarkable gift of forgiveness God gives us. Once we clearly see God and realize, like Isaiah did, that without God we can do nothing of lasting value, our attitude will change. Our job here is to serve God and there is nothing of more value than the value of God’s kingdom. God calls each of us daily and we must be ready to let go and willing to say, ”Send Me.”

Then I heard the Lord asking, ”Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

I said, ”Here I am. Send me” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

Send Me: I am Ready!

God urges you daily to be willing to follow Him wherever He leads. It is up to you to embrace following God and be willing to give up your comforts to follow Him by saying ”Send Me” to do your will. When God calls you to move in a different direction resentment feelings should never be felt. For as Jeremiah 29: 11 says: ”For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. ”They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” God’s plan is always a better one. You must be willing to let your current life go in another direction. You must have a ”Send Me” attitude.

Five Steps to Let Go and Grab the ”Send Me” Attitude

If you follow the path of Isaiah you will see there are five clear steps to let go and gain the ”Send Me” attitude.

  1. Acknowledge who God is
  2. Understand who you are and your sinful nature
  3. Seek forgiveness
  4. Allow God to cleanse you through Christ
  5. Answer God quickly with ”Send Me!” and without thought to the cost of comfort or personal cost

Don’t anticipate that the ”Send Me” phrase is a trip to the other side of the world or actively witnessing through speech. It is said that Francis d’ Assisi once invited a young monk to join him on a trip to town to preach. The young monk felt honored for the issued invitation and readily accepted. All day he and Francis walked through the streets, byways, alleys, and even headed out into the suburbs. They were for the most part surrounded by hundreds of people throughout the day. At the end of the day they headed back without going further than their local area or ever having preached a word. The young monk was sorely disappointed and said, ”I thought we were going to town to preach.” Francis responded, ”My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were actively seen by many and observed very closely. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!

Take Isaiah’s challenge and let go to do what God directs you as He is greater than your imagination. Be motivated to let go for God asking Him personally to ”Send Me”. There is comfort to be held in knowing that God would even consider mere humans to do His work.

As you go through this next week gain the ”Send Me” attitude no matter where God may send you as it may not be a trip around the world or even across the country. Perhaps God has already sent you where He needs you to be, you just need to let go and live for Him.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Post Script

Be careful on how you serve God. When you let go do so completely.

”Most people wish to serve God — but in an advisory capacity only.”

Quoted in Sunday Express, London.

Extra Study

Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 19: 16- 30, Mark 10:17 ”“ 31, Luke 18:18 ”“ 30, Philippians 1 – 4

Credits
Clairmont, P. (1993). Focus on the Family, 5.

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